Cubs designate Andrelton Simmons for assignment

Andrelton Simmons only appeared in 35 games and was cut loose Saturday.


The Cubs reinstated infielder Andrelton Simmons (shoulder) from the injured list and then designated him for assignment. Manager David Ross had a simple explanation for why the Cubs made the move.

“There’s no room for him, to be honest,” Ross said.

If the Cubs need to bring up an infielder, Ross said they’d bring back David Bote from Triple-A Iowa. Zach McKinstry is versatile, and like Christopher Morel, can play shortstop, making the 32-year-old Simmons expendable.

Simmons’ time with the Cubs didn’t go as planned. A four-time Gold Glove shortstop, the Cubs signed Simmons to a one-year, $4 million deal in March to provide depth and allow Ross to occasionally rest Nico Hoerner or Nick Madrigal. That plan didn’t really come to fruition for Simmons, who was bothered by right shoulder issues all season and limited to 35 games.

“Phenomenal person, great professional,” Ross said. “I’m going to miss him personally. Really good conversations. Talked to him [Friday] at length, one of those situations that he very much understood. Just part of baseball.” 

Dreaming of Iowa
On Thursday, the Cubs face the Reds in the Field of Dreams Game at Dyersville, Iowa. Ross said the Cubs would have fun with the event, experiencing “something new and make memories that you’ll tell your kids about and show pictures of.”

Going to the site isn’t new for Ross, who showed the movie to his kids and said it was special to him as he was coming up. In 2019, Ross took part in a 2019 charity event in Dyersville that included Hall of Famers and cast …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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